The recently released Drummond report certainly stirred up quite the buzz. I can appreciate that the Ontario government is operating with a huge deficit and that efficiencies and new ways of generating revenue have to be addressed, but does opening up more places to buy alcohol really help us in the long run?
There’s no question the LCBO is a money maker, but there’s a cost to easy money. I’m not an economist but the research tells us that increasing the availability of alcohol ultimately does increase alcohol-related harms in our community. Do we really want to encourage Ontarians to drink more alcohol? What are the health and social costs associated with this? Ultimately we all pay for it in the end!